On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site

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U of Nebraska Press, 2002 - History - 363 pages
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On the Home Front is the only comprehensive history of the Hanford Nuclear Site, America's most notorious plutonium production facility. Located in southeasternųWashington State, the Hanford Site produced most of the plutonium used in the atomic bombs that effectively ended World War II. This book was made possible by the declassification in the 1980s of tens of thousands of government documents relating to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the site. In a new epilogue, Michele Stenehjem Gerber provides a detailed history and commentary on the first twelve years of the Hanford cleanup project?the largest waste cleanup program in world history.
 

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Given current concerns about the safe disposal of by-products from nuclear weapons and power plants, this is a highly relevant historical work. Gerber reminds us that some communities have already ... Read full review

Contents

Beginnings The Land and the Place
11
Building the Plants Nuts Bolts and Chaos
31
Tell Em Youre from Richland Regional Growth in the Columbia Basin
55
Blowing in the Wind The Airborne Contaminants
77
Hail Columbia The Riverborne Contaminants
113
Laying Waste to the Soil The Groundwater Contaminants
143
Radiobiology The Learning Curve
171
Truth and Rebirth
201
Epilogue
219
Notes
261
Glossary of Technical or Specialized Terms Acronyms and Abbreviations
347
Index
353
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Michele Stenehjem Gerber works in the Public Information Office of Fluor Hanford, Inc. She has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Declassification and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Hanford Cultural Resources Management Plan.

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